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Expanding the learning environment from the classroom to the whole world. Pioneered by our own Sharon Styles, here at Bright Beginnings we’ve begun to grow our own micro-forest school!
Published by Bright Beginnings Day Nursery, 10/06/16, edited by D. S. Stacey.
Our conscientious approach to childcare and development has ensured we are always considering ways to help our bright beginners become future stars. As such we have continued to make numerous improvements to our outdoor learning environments resulting in our most recent endeavor, the creation of our own micro-forest.
Sharon, our assistant manager, has always had a passion for the forest school approach to learning, having visited numerous forest schools in both Denmark and the UK:
“Forest schools in the UK are greatly different from the preschools in Denmark but one thing is evident that children are encouraged to respect, utilise and manage risks & responsibilities surrounding the great natural world. Children are provided with good old-fashioned learning opportunities from the natural elements stripping our current materialistic world and the need to have expensive resources and toys that can actually limit children’s imagination. Children can be supported and their interactions scaffolded by responsive adults who allow children to use open-ended resources to think, create and play with purpose to develop their ever-growing skills. For me there is no better way to learn than from the natural elements that have been provided for us.”
Following its’ original conceptualization and implementation in 1927, Wisconsin by H. L. Russell and Wakelin McNeil, respectively, the forest school ethos was introduced to Europe in 1950. In 1957 Goesta Frohm developed the “Skogsmulle” concept, designed to promote learning about nature, water, mountains and pollution.
The concept, in its’ current form, was introduced to England in the 1990’s leading to the formation of the Forest Education Initiative (FEI), which has resulted in the continual exploration and research into the concept.
Early years educators have always recognized the benefits of outdoor play and the potential of the outdoors as a learning environment. Through this perspective we believe forest concept can be instrumental in capitalizing on this potential.
Now it may not be Sherwood yet but the staff and children are well on their way to creating Robin a summer retreat.
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